Premier meets Norwegian catching industry –

Premier meets Norwegian catching industry Published:  28 April, 2014

NORWAY’S trawler owners have returned from a successful meeting with the country’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, which focused on a number of important issues facing the fishing industry.

The Premier, who was accompanied by her Industry Minister, Monica Maeland, and other senior officials, was welcomed on board a trawler owned by  Åge Remøy who added to the conviviality by offering the guests warming and tasty fish soup.

Fiskebat, the Norwegian Fishing Vessel owners association, was represented by its chairman Tore Roaldsnes and  managing director Audun Maråk, along with other senior figures from the industry.

After the pleasantries, the meeting got down to some serious discussions. The catching industry wants equality between different parts of the country when it comes to buying and selling quotas.

One of the anomalies highlighted was that it is still prohibited to sell cod quotas from northern Norway to South Africa.

They also called on the government so find a solution to the problem the Norwegian prawn fleet is facing with Russians checkpoints. Vessels in the Russian economic zone are being forced to make long and expensive detours, which is costing them heavily in extra fuel and time.

Fiskebat members also called for more resources to be put into fishery research and improve value, along with the need improved financing to encourage the building of new fishing vessels.

Other matters under discussion included how the fishing industry could help Norway’s economy and the challenges the industry is likely to face. Afterwards the vessel owners described the meeting as very successful.

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